Enjoy the sunny relaxing breeze in a place where land and sea meet: Bari Vecchia. Also called “Borgo Antico” (Ancient Town), is the charming old quarter situated at the end of a peninsula between two modern harbors crowded into a maze of narrow streets.
The ancient city can trace its roots back more than 2,000 years when it was founded by the Peucetii tribe. It had strong Greek influences and once it passed under Romans in the 3rd century BC, it developed strategic significance as the point of junction between the coast road and the Via Traiana and as a port for eastward trade. It is a door to the east.
A Nature Sanctuary Between Land and Sea
Torre Guaceto, located along the Adriatic coast of Upper Salento, almost 30 kilometres away from Brindisi, is a nature reserve.
This stretch of coast, six kilometres long, includes a landscape going from the sea beyond the dunes, through the Mediterranean maquis and the marshes, to a centuries-old olive grove.
Transparent sea and expanses of Posidonia Oceanica wash Torre Guaceto, a beach awarded 3 Sails (a prize given to the most beautiful beaches) by Legambiente (Italian environment protection association).
The heart of the Protected Marine Area of Torre Guaceto is a natural paradise with a low and sandy coast, surrounded by dunes and sometimes dotted with cliffs.
Several coves with fine sand seduce you: Seashells Beach is the pride of the reserve, with tiny white seashells fully protected area with bathing prohibition.
The Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area was created with the aim of offering a model of sustainable development.
The law identifies three zones, Zone A Integral Reserve, Zone B Oriented General Reserve, Zone C of protection, Zone D areas of economic and social promotion.
Zone A These are highly natural areas with high scientific and landscape value where the primary objective is the integral conservation with low human interference. Here monitoring of ecological processes and environmental education activities are carried out. It is absolutely forbidden to access vehicles and people without specific authorization. Here swimming is also forbidden.
Zone B These are areas characterized by environments slightly modified by human action with high environmental value. Vehicles and people cannot access from sunset to sunrise and fishing is also prohibited.
Zone C These are areas characterized by environments modified by human action. The main management objectives are: restoration of nature; scientific research and monitoring; traditional agricultural activity, limited to the areas currently cultivated; didactic-tourist activity. Zone C is the area where bathing and sustainable fishing are allowed.
People with disabilities can enjoy the beautiful nature of Torre Guaceto thanks to the services offered by the private beach Punta Penna Grossa.
VALLE D’ITRIA: MAGICAL LANDSCAPE AND ANCIENT TRADITIONS
The Valle D’Itria (Itria Valley) is a territory on the Murge plateau in Italy, characterized by a uniformly traditional and beautiful landscape containing several towns that have received numerous national and international awards for their sustainability, beauty, history, and culture. Towns and villages are characterized by a traditional architecture style comprising trulli (conical dry-stone houses) and farmhouses, which symbolize the Apulia region.
The territory of the Valle d’Itria LAG extends for 532,20 square kilometres, from the balcony of the Ionian to the Adriatic coast, through hills and monumental olive trees.
You can go caving in the area around Castellana, where long tunnels snake 70 meters (200 feet) below ground or go trekking among the rupestrian settlements of Fasano, some of the largest in Puglia and finally, relax in thermal baths at Torre Canne and in the local marine nature reserves.